Grant Applications and Proposals

My education in the art of writing grant applications and proposals began with not just one failure but two. As a PhD student at the University of Toronto, I applied twice for a coveted scholarship from the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada (now worth $35,000 a year) and was disappointed to find my submission was rejected both times.

“Disappointment” is actually an understatement. When I got the rejection notices in the mail, I felt shocked, dismayed, wounded to the core. My pride was seriously injured because, with a string of academic awards behind me, I thought I’d mastered the art of the scholarship applications. I’d carefully read and re-read the application booklet, drafted and redrafted ...

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